Candidates to debate one more time

The public will get one more chance to hear from the candidates for first selectman at a three-way debate at Trumbull High School Nov. 1.

The debate, moderated by Trumbull Times Editor Donald Eng, will take place in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. There also will be a chance to meet the candidates informally before the debate begins. The format will consist of a series of nine questions submitted from the public and screened by volunteers from the League of Women Voters. Candidates also will get a chance to make opening and closing statements.

All three candidates expressed happiness that they would get another chance to meet the public face to face.

“I am looking forward to another opportunity to get my message out to the people of Trumbull,” said unaffiliated candidate Michael Redgate. “I am uniquely qualified for the position of first selectman and the hands-on leader Trumbull needs to move forward in these tough financial times for our state. I welcome the chance to meet more residents in person as well.”

Republican Paul Lavoie, who had initially proposed as many as eight debates and candidate forums, said he would continue to solicit and answer questions from the public.

“I welcome another opportunity to discuss issues important to Trumbull voters,” he said. “After initially suggesting more debates and public forums since early August, it’s unfortunate for the voters that only two debates have been scheduled. For those interested in asking questions outside the debate, I will continue to do more Facebook Live Town Hall Forums.”

Democrat Vicki Tesoro said the public gatherings involving all three candidates were an invaluable chance for the public to hear from them directly, and urged residents to study up on the candidates and their backgrounds.

“My team — made up of unaffiliated voters, former Republicans, and Democrats — is qualified and ready for the challenge of creating a more transparent and civil government in Town Hall,” she said. “As we head into the final days before the Nov. 7 election, our team will continue to make ourselves available to residents and run a positive campaign that we can be proud of. Local elections matter, and your vote counts.”

Residents who wish to submit questions for the three candidates should email them to or text them to 203-408-3824. The final nine questions asked of the candidates will be selected by the League of Women Voters.